There is much to be said, what Guru Dan Inosanto has accomplished over the years of his involvement with the martial arts. As he was a student from Sifu Bruce Lee, but at the same time Guru Dan taught Sifu Bruce much of the weaponry. The Nun-Chaku and much of the stick work, and also to know that Sifu Bruce Lee took Serak Lessens from Guru William Reeders, certainly backed up by many of his personal notes that Guru Dan has.
The Eighties - Copied Notes from Victor's 1965-1989 Section 001-001.
Note Book and Tape Deck with Paul's Voice on it. What Paul always said when he gets exited "How Sweet It is".
In March of 1982, while living in Northglenn Colorado, Victor Invites Dan Inosanto to do a Seminar. No Idea how many participant would come. That was done in the Indoor Soccer field 'named the Sports-O'Rama. At that time, Paula Inosanto was Dan's Helper
Not to long after that, Paul writes a Hand Written certificate for Victor, with the Factors of Completion in 1954, Issued in 1982. In that same year, Paul comes to Northglenn Colorado, he ask Victor, he needs to develop a Silat System for Dan Inosanto, for his Seminars. So, Paul and myself get together in my office, and start mixing Jurus, then I say to Paul, why not do only eight Jurus. Then Paul adds the Curved Crow Foot Fist to the Mix, with some 180 degree low sweeps. I mention to Paul, as we as humans never do without the help of the almighty, for all that is nature is made by the almighty, sometimes no matter what we do, always good to ask. As the Family were raised in the Catholic religion, I am sure Paul did. Hence, back in California, Paul instructs Steve Osterhof to do the Bukti Jurus, Over and Over. When I came to California, not to long after that, Other Students were now practicing the newly developed art. Paul wanted to call the Art "Bhakti Negara", I told Paul that in Bali, there was already a Silat System. So Paul then said, I will call the system Bukti Negara (Witness to a Continent)
Also in the year of 1982, Dan Inosanto invites Victor to do a Demo of Silat at his Torrance School. Victor brings his Colorado Students to California, and proceed Full Contact Long Staff. In this a very dangerous demo, main reason why the protective gear was used.
Now, Victor's using his Bare Hand, breaks the Coconut in small pieces, and the Two Base Ball Break with his Shins.
Dan Inosanto has a martial art Museum, those two Broken Bats can be seen there.
In1984, for John Marimoto with his ASIAN Organization, he invited Victor to do a demonstration. Victor now invites Paul his brother, With Steven Plink, Both do a Serak demo. Paul's Son, Marce and his friend did a demo in Bukti Negara. And Steven does the really good Jurusan Sepak demonstration. Victor now does his section and Brakes a Coconut with one blow with his bare hands, according to Victor, the Coconut resembles a Human Skull, the next item in the Demo, breaks two baseball bats, that are tight together with his Shins.
Tragically, in 2013 Paul passes away, and thrust me, no-matter what people belief or Think
Remember, Family is always thicker than water. Paul mention way Back in 1965, Some People will Cling to you, just for a Name Recognition, and yes I taped that conversation for prosperity.
And you know, Amazing how many just Clung to Paul all of a sudden, Just to say, See I studied under Pendekar Paul.
In all Honesty, if it was so, then these people suppose to know what BN is, and also what Puncah Serah is, and fact they do not.
Before Paul was laid to rest, his daughter Commented How she remembered when she was a Small Girl, that I came over to her house and That Victor was teaching Serak for my Dad. Then also My dad took me with him to go to Victors House to train there.
You know, In a memory, it was moving for sure. When my turn came, I spoke of the Time in Indonesia and the many of things we did when we were young.
This from a Time forgotten, but not forgotten in recordings and notations.
Before the Dead of John de Vries in 1972, in Amsterdam, as I was a Witness to this, Uncle John said to Paul and me as a Witness, Paul as an older Brother, you will take the level as Pendekar and when you pass, you transfer the level Title to Victor. Has nothing to do with what a Teacher or Instructor is, it indicates that you are a head Guru of the
Organization or System. You know Paul did that in 1982, when he issued me the Certification that I earned his earned structure. I told Paul, I already have Uncle John Certificate. Paul then Told me, do you remember what I swore in front of Uncle John and you as a witness?
I said, you are right Paul, you are upholding what you swore.
Marquis de Lavaseur de Thouars and de Vries
Here is a Fact from 1891 from the Records and Historical Society. They will record in writing factors that sometimes is NOT found in regular History Books and Papers. Besides the Pak Serah lineage, lets start with mine my Fathers Side.
My Father was Marquis de Lavaseur de Thouars, a city below Paris, France is Called Ville Thouars. Now before the French Revolution, Some members fled France before 1795 to Holland and Belgium. On my Mother Side, "de Vries" again all from Written Records. Later I will publish the Account from my older brother Henry Jr. Written letters from 1947 and 1948. Hard to read them for It bring tears to my eyes, very emotional. My Grandfather Johan de Vries, landowner he studied with Emas Djut and Mah Rhoen. And yes, he did bring my Uncles John, Ernes and Ferdinand to his Guru Mas Djoet for short. These letters are very fragile, however the paper from 1891 is in better shape.
My Grand-Father Johan ask the Society to make the Written Record from Ileah Haboen Hasin, Also known (Nick Name Pak Serah) Now Burung Serak is an Owl, so why the Nickname, that most likely was because of his students.
Now the Baduis were and consisted out of 40 Families, then divided in Blue and Yellow/White Baduis.
(By the Way, I have a Baduis Sarong, with Gold woven into the Sarong) Now, before the Tragic Cultural Exchange on Java, many Baduis were the proud Lineage of the Padjajaran people and also the Language. Because of the Exchange, many Baduis have turn to Islam, FACT
ADAT & HORMAT
Words in Traditional and Educational
Word and Speech of:
1. Adat – 2. Hormat.
Unless you know what those two words mean, do not use those words
In the System of Puncah Serah- or in the Low Structure of Serak, it is used to Identify what can be described as
(1) Adat: “To Show how you as a Person Behave toward Others”
(2) Hormat: Show referent and Deep Respect and treatment of:
(a) A Person
(b) A System, and any Item of Lesson Connected to that System. This Case since the Reference is made toward the System of Puncah Serah.
Knowledge: The System of Puncah Serah is divided into Four Learning Sections.
(4) Puncah Serah. 2. Serah. 3. Sera. 4. Serak.
Founder: Pak Serak or Ileyah Haboen Hasin
So it becomes Important, if you are a Student of the System, and you are Teaching any Subject, Phases or Understanding of any of the Four Levels, you as the person or Teacher, Guru must show Respect
Yes, for years folks believed that “Serak” is the main key of learning, in actuality it is the Basic level of the system.
Regardless, one should never EVER mix, a Business or Teachings that has absolutely nothing to do With What Puncah Serah is.
Rules of Understanding and Allowance
(1). Do not Defraud the General Public.
(2) Do not pretend to have earned a Ranking of Guru if you have not Earned that Level.
(3) It is only after completion of your Guru or Teachers Certification within the
Puncah Serah System, The Allowance to make your own agenda, and not before.
(4) If you have not earned the accreditation with Transcripts, and you proceed to
to use the name of Serak or otherwise in a Mix, then you defrauding the
General public. BEYERS BEWARE
Very Important Advise for the Prospective Student,
”Accreditation of Earned Ranking”
(a) Legal Certification, Time and date and By Whom.
(b) Legal written Transcripts of your Time Spend and Certification how well you Absorbed the System learning.
Disgrace of a Fraud Just because One has Completed the Puncah Serah System, does it mean that either my Son or Daughter are Instructors of Gurus? Of Course not, if it was so, then Either My Cat of Dog are Instructors of Puncah Serak………Yeah Right.
Well, in our day and age, no one pays attention to that, so!!!!!
Pak Vic: Meet my CAT Boots: He will now Teach you the principles of the Langkah Lima!
Alright Boots the Floor is yours:
BOOTS: Meyow,,,,,, Meeeeyow!!!! MeeeYooow
Pak Vic: Hmm Boots, can you explain what Meyow means,
Is that not so Ridicules, you bet it is
Or How about this My Son Vincent, bless his Soul, he is Serving in the United States Navy, Does that mean that Vincent is now a Guru of Puncah Serah? Of course not.
Vincent (Salty Dog for his Nickname) Awesome Thank you for your Service Vincent, no prouder a Dad can be.
And should you wish and desire to learn the system of Puncah Serah, then I will always have the Time to share the Knowledge of the System.
SO I SAY THIS AGAIN, BEYERS BEWARE
" System Start Tendjekan Satu No. 1"
Now how does all this Tie into how the system was formed As many people believe that the system in itself is just "Serak"
And yes it a very small System, worse yet, this passed Sunday I was teaching on of my Students whom I teach at home, He mention that he met a men who did Sistema and Russian Martial Arts, He told Hymesys, you do not need all the Platforms to learn, and this man Suppose to be One of the High Teachers in that Art. I told Hymesys, Never ever Judge a Martial art System by its Cover if you do not understand or guess what a system is made out of, It definitely Shows Ignorance period. I essence when I teach personally blades, I do use real Blades. End of that for sure.
Also know in the USA, Stupid is forever.
Well also means that man has no knowledge of systems and it shows. For One, Real fencers meaning Real Fencing Teachers use a Platform that is 12 by 12 feet, Called the "Throubolt" Platform Circa coming from the 1500.
One of the first Fencing Universities was in the "The Netherlands" in the City of "Utrecht" Then many other Lands started to use the "Throubolt" Platform. Plus in Essence, well know Alexandros the Macedon trained on a platform. A platform is used to be precise with your Footwork. This for Training, for a fact. Otherwise your like a Blind Leading the Blind.
So certainly the so-called man that suppose to know, to me is a pretender of the wind. Always remember floor is open to train, like in any Boxing Gym, were serious training is done. In LA there is the Mid-Town Boxing Gym, making statements, only gets an Invitation to be in the Ring, were pretenders are taught a few things to absorb.
There is a Saying that comes from the land of my Birth, and I will post by itself in One Post. A hard reminder for everyone.
Regulations/Rules Of Puncah Serah® (Pukulan Pencak Silat Serak®)
Clear and Concise Understanding of Hormat and Adat- Especially the Serah Student
a. Hormat: The Action and Behavior of an Organizations or an Individual Person, mainly how Individual are viewed by their peers, and the Behavior of Having Respect.
b. Adat: The Action of an Organization, especially an Individual behavior toward others.
The action is observed 24-7 in the learning Class or Outside the class-room, especially a student showing respectable behavior to your peers and your teacher or Guru. Making Jest regardless how small is not acceptable, especially at gatherings; it will shows how a personal behavior is viewed.
A1 & A2 Serak Curriculum:
August 10, 1957 :Re-Written from Indo to English September 20, 1961)
Sales of Teachings – Video – DVD or any other Form or Electronic is allowed:
Only a Pembantu Guru – Guru and Above is allowed to Sell any Tape, DVD or Any form Presentation of Him/Herself of The System of Puncah Serah. NO EXEPTIONS
Important Information to Prospective Students: Anyone Claiming to be a PG – Guru – and above Must be able to show Transcripts and Earned Accreditation/Certification of the system of Serak.
A1. Description of the Serak Curriculum - Project Phase studies
Main Note of Understanding
Guru Mas Djoet or Mas Roen Studies Phase 1 Through 5
Phase 6 and Phase 7
Guru Mas Roen and Mas Djut Studies Phase 8 Through 10
Special Studies Phase 8
This will depends on the Lineage One has begun to study Mas Djut or Mas Roen.
Studies From Basic – Murid Satu to and Including Student 3 - Murid Tiga
Student One or Murid Satu: Latihan Tiga - Jurus One Through Eighteen
Student Two or Murid Dua: Langkah; Tiga – Pancar Satu, Dua, Tiga, Empat
Student Three or “Pembantu”
Study for Murid Empat to Murid Lima – Assistant - Pembantu
Studies: Phase 4 – Phase 5 and Phase 6 Jurusan 19 Through 24]
Study for Pembantu to Assistant Teacher - Guru Mudah
Studies: Detail Phase 6 and Phase 7
Study for Intermediate studies for Teacher 1 - Serak Guru
Studies: Detail Phase 7 and Phase 8
Study for Advanced studies for Teacher - Guru Serak
Studies: Detail Phase 8 and Phase 9
Study for Study for Advanced Teacher “Professor Level” - Maha Guru Serak
Studies: Detailed and Advanced Studies for Phase 8, 9
Study for Study for Senior Advanced Teacher “Pendekar Level 10
Historical Facts: My Grandfather Johan de Vries was known in Bogor, as my mother was born in Bogor. This main reason why the name of Serak® is a registered Trade mark, is to prevent those who may claim to have knowledge of the system of Pukulan Pencak Silat Serak® The Trademark has been done to protect the name of Serak®, to be taught by legitimate Serak® Schools and the VDT Academy Serak Schools world-wide.
A2- Rules and Regulations
A2- 001 Any Person who is accepted into Serak Class/School shall accept all rules described.
A2- 002 Any Person who have been accepted and has received Serak Material Shall Learn
Diligently what is written and what is recorded in these Rules and Regulations.
A2- 003 Any Person who becomes a Student of Serak Shall have the Greatest Respect for a fellow
Student who occupies any Serak School globally.
003- 001 At no time shall any person engaged in dishonest practices and make False Claims.
03-02 Any Person who is a student shall keep all teachings received, of the Serak studies.
03-03 Any Person Shall NOT sell any Serak material learned for any reason Globally, unless as stated above and has earned Legal Accreditation/Certification Backed by Transcripts issued by the Head Quarters of the International VDT Academy.
03-04 Any Person Who is a Student shall never be late for any of the scheduled classes.
03-05 Any Person Who is a Student who is late for the first time. Warning One
03-06 Any Person Who is a Student who is late for the Second time. Warning Two
03-07 Any Person Who is a Student who is late for the Third time. Warning Three – Removed from their Serak Classes permanently.
03-08 Reinstatement can Only occur by at least Three (3) Senior Votes of “Yes” any one Nay will result to never again be allowed to enter Serak Classes anywhere Globally.
03-09 At no time Shall Religion, Creed, from any Nation Globally Male or Female can be denied Serak Classes if acceptance and approved for Serak Studies. (Puncah Serah Studies)
03-10 Any person shall not divulged or sell any serak material learned in the class-room without approval.
03-11 Any Person who is a Serak Student shall not, speak ill of his/her fellow Serak Murid.
03-12 Registered Time Periods for all Serak Phase Studies, shall be recorded in Written/Electronic Format
03-13 Any Person learning the Basic or Baku to complete in 60 Class Hours.
03-14 Any Person learning Phase 1 to complete in a minimum of 120 Class Hours.
03-15 Any Person learning Phase 2 to complete in a minimum of 300 Class Hours.
03-16 Any Person learning Phase 3 to complete in a minimum of 700 Class Hours
03-17 Any Person learning Phase 4 to complete in a minimum of 1000 Class Hours
03-18 Any Person learning Phase 5 to complete in a minimum of 1400 Class Hours
03-19 Any Person learning Phase 6 to complete in a minimum of 1800 Class Hours
03-20 Any Person learning Phase 6B to complete in a minimum of 120 Class Hours
03-21 Any Person learning Phase 7 to complete in a minimum of 2000 Class Hours
03-22 Any Person learning Phase 8 to complete in a minimum of 2200 Class Hours
03-23 Any Person learning Phase 9 to complete in a minimum of 2600 Class Hours
03-24 Any Person learning Phase 10 to complete in a minimum of 3000 Class Hours
03-25 Every Person Who has Completed any Phase and Past the set forth Phase Test and have Past successfully by a minimum of 75% shall receive certification according to the Phase the student has studied and passed, including Transcripts of the Student Achievements.
03-26 To Repeat this ever Important Factor in the System of the Main System of “Puncah Serah”
03-27 Pukulan Pencak Silat Serak, at no time shall any one person be denied Serak Studies for their Religion in: Islam, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu or any religion not mention in these regulation. At no time shall anyone be denied learning Pukulan Pencak Silat Serak by the teaching Serak Guru. Except when the Student has been removed from the Academy.
By Pendekar Guru Puncah Serah
Victor I.C. de Thouars, Ph.D. 09-25-1998